Established in 1881 as the Twin Fir Winery, the historic site is distinguished as the oldest winery in continuous operation in Sonoma County and one of the oldest wineries in California. The winery was able to stay in operation during prohibition by selling sacramental wines by train to Rabbis through a winery in New York. Originally known as Martini & Prati, which was established in 1902, the winery was run by five generations of the Martini family.
After a long and fruitful relationship with Graham Kerr, ARIEL continued to see success. In the mid 90?s, articles began to appear in popular magazines hailing the health benefits of red wine for its source of polyphenols?powerful antioxidants long-believed to promote heart health and weight loss when consumed in moderate quantities daily. ARIEL non-alcoholic wines, also rich in polyphenols, became an ideal alternative for those who wanted to incorporate red wine into their diets for its health benefits, but did not desire to drink alcohol every day.